THE UPRISING – WHERE WERE THE PARENTS?

“Hey, wait just one minute, isn’t this just around the corner from Barbara and Elzie? I shrieked at our television set as I watched throngs of people, my people, swarming into the streets overturning cars, throwing bricks, rocks and bottles and lighting businesses on fire. The intersection of Florence and…

AROUND THE CORNER FROM LA LA LAND

Family members never gave us the information as to who our minstrel relative was. “He’s related” was all I heard back from my mother after spotting this old-time photo among her boxes of treasures. I grew up in Los Angeles around the corner from La La Land. There wasn’t just this mysterious…

EASTER-THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

                                art by Brandi Oh, do  the baskets with bows, streaming ribbons, stuffed bunnies, a few fake soft feathery yellow chicks, candy and a toy help make Easter Sunday a worthy celebration? One mom said that Easter, for…

PARENT POWER – IT’S NO JOKE

School Superintendent Ramon Cortines April has been designated National Humor Month. While laughter is said to be therapeutic and an opportunity to make life’s burdens a little easer to bear, there’s also the chance to learn a few good lessons from the occasion that brought about the hee-haws. The Problem/…

SIMONE BILES AND CLEAN UNDERWEAR

Peggy and Simone   You never know just who you’re gonna bump into. Well, don’t take me literally on this because, nowadays, “bump into” could mean that road rage occurrence on any one of our streets or highways.. My use of the phrase takes us back to the old days…

WOMEN MAKING HISTORY BEHIND BARS

American Women inmates have now made history  by  becoming  the fastest growing prison population in America. And to boot, there are more women prisoners in America than anywhere else in the world. But when we talk Women’s History Month, we look for the upside of the contributions that have been…

WOMEN’S HISTORY – Mildred Goldberger Set An Example

Mildred Goldberger with Foster Child Grandmother Project She was Caltech’s First Lady arriving on the the Pasadena campus in  1978 accompanying her husband, Marvin Goldberger, who became president that year. Her prestigious duties at the world-famous scientific institution didn’t outline reaching out to people who marched to a very different beat. But Mildred…

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH- Recognizing Ordinary Women

There are so many women whose lives and contributions have demonstrated amazing courage and whose deeds influenced younger generations. How many? The list is formidable. How then do I meet the challenge of choosing who to write about? She was born in 1915 in Austin, Texas, to a 15-year-old mother…

SHOPPING CAN BE DANGEROUS

We saw a little girl tumble from the back of the shopping cart  her father was pushing and hit the concrete floor; head first. She fell from the section designed for merchandise. A younger child was in the seat, at the front of the cart designed, with a safety belt,…

DADDY TRUMP

While there are many techniques parents employ in hopes of ensuring their children grow into adulthood as productive and socially accepted citizens, President Donald Trump’s “calling out Nordstroms” on behalf of his 35-year-old daughter, Ivanka, is an example, I suppose, only the rich and powerful might consider employing. Fashion designer…

2017 INAGURATION NOTHING LIKE 2009

What a difference an innauguration makes! A friend asked me, back when she just knew Hillary was going to be elected the first woman president of the good ol’ USA, if I were going to DC for the historical occasion. In 2009, I was there for the historical ceremony swearing…

WHEN DO BLACK LIVES MATTER?

Where were they? A few weeks ago, headed home driving north from the other part of beautiful Pasadena, one of my daughters, who was in the front seat of my car spotted a small gathering of people standing on the sidewalk. They were. in front of the low-income housing units…

HATEFUL KIDS – DISENGAGED PARENTS?

  Priscilla Covington 65 year old grandmother of Brittany Covington, (Photo courtesy of Daily Mail) Granma Covington, according to the Chicago newspaper, said this about her two grandkids, 24-year-old Tanishia and 18-year-old Brittany who kidnapped and brutalized a disabled teenager: “I’m so upset, my head is about to bust open.”…

PASADENA- NOT SO ROSY AFTERALL

  The old, the new, the wise and the wide-eyed. Pasadena dazzles the world every year with its fabulous Rose Parade that moves east on Colorado Blvd, then north on Sierra Madre to its final resting place at Victory Park located in the eastern part of our majestic city.    …